Low voter turnout in May primary

Turnout lower than expected

ERIE, Pa - Tuesday May 16, 2017 - Voter turnout is at a surprisingly low level considering the amount of candidates on the ballot this May primary.

By lunch time many precincts had seen less than 10% of registered voters in their area. Numbers before dinner time showed a jump to 20%. These numbers are very disappointing to the candidates and the poll workers.

Typically in a Primary election low voter turnout is expected. History shows people just don't turn out to vote in non-presidential years. But political experts say that needs to change, since most of the offices being contested are those that affect voters more directly. 

Political analysts say with so many candidates running in some popular races, a low voter turnout could mean very few votes may decide a winner. 


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